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Descharnes, Nicolas asked

Which nr of the edition 0/5 to 5/5 is the bronze of your collection?

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

Dear Nicolas, Thank you for this question. Sorry for the delay in our answer, for some reason we overlooked this question and I only just spotted it. Our version of Vénus de Milo aux tiroirs is nr. 2/5. Best, Rianne


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Vénus de Milo aux tiroirs

Salvador Dalí (in 1936 (1964))

Giving form to images from the subconscious was an important motivation for the surrealists. They were inspired by Sigmund Freud's 'Traumdeutung' (interpretation of dreams) and psychoanalysis. Dalí compared the subconscious mind to having secret drawers, that could be opened at unexpected moments. He gave form to this idea in a contemporary version of the famous 'Venus de Milo'.


Title Vénus de Milo aux tiroirs
Material and technique Bronze, paint and fur
Object type Sculpture
Location This object is on view in room 03
Dimensions (general) Height : 99 cm
Depth : 31,5 cm
Width : 29,5 cm
Makers Artist: Salvador Dalí
Accession number BEK 1467 (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1971
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 01-02-1971
Age maker About 32 years old
Exhibitions Collectie - surrealisme (2017)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
Een paraplu, een naaimachine en een ontleedtafel. Surrealisme à la Dalí in Rotterdam. (2013)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Surreal Objects (2011)
Research Digitising Contemporary Art
Material Bronze > Copper > Common metal > Metal > Inorganic material > Material > Material and technique
Fur > Skin > Animal material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Spain > Southern Europe > Europe

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Salvador Dalí

Figueras 1904 - Figueras 1989

Salvador Dali got to know the author André Breton - the founder of the surrealist movement - while he was studying in Madrid. In 1924, Breton wrote the first s..